Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Charles to get Hobbit film tour

Peter Jackson will be showing Prince Charles his work on the Hobbit films

The Prince of Wales will be given a behind the scenes look at the new blockbuster movie from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson during his Diamond Jubilee tour.

Charles will visit a leading workshop that created special effects for the much anticipated fantasy film - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

The event is one of the highlights of the Prince's two-week tour with the Duchess of Cornwall to Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign.

The heir to the throne will be shown make-up props worn by actors including The Office star Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins - the lead role in The Hobbit.

A royal aide said that in the workshop, based in the New Zealand capital Wellington, Charles would "come face to face with rather extraordinary, rather terrifyingly in some cases, life-like prosthetics including the feet and hands of the Baggins family..."

The film receives its world premiere next month in New Zealand and the Prince will get a sneak preview of the movie - the first of a three-part instalment based on JRR Tolkien's much loved children's book.

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